On-Call Firefighting recruits complete their training

We are delighted to be celebrating the graduation of our new on-call recruits, following the completion of their extensive training course. 

The new recruits will now join their colleagues on stations across the local area, putting the skills and training they acquired into practice.

The rigorous training course allowed the new recruits to develop specialist knowledge and a wide range of practical skills including tactical firefighting, pitching ladders, breathing apparatus, road traffic collision safety and water safety and rescue.

The completion of their training was celebrated at an intimate and closed ceremony held at Severn Park, Avonmouth. The team consisting of five recruits showcased their newly acquired skills during the closed event to training staff, and were presented with their certificates in recognition of successfully completing their course and becoming skilled Firefighters.

The recruits will now take their places on stations across the local area, putting their newly acquired skills into practice, helping to keep our communities safe.

(Left to right: ACFO Steve Imrie, FF Matt Rankin, FF Lani Jones, FF Christina Becker, FF Thomas Skinner, FF Dominic Rowlands.)


Meet our On-Call graduates

Lani Jones, Occupation: Resource Planning Officer

After working from Nailsea station since the start of lockdown, I learnt more about the operational side of the Service and enjoyed it so much, so much so I fancied giving it a go myself. I would definitely recommend colleagues from across the Service to spend time in areas of the organisation they normally wouldn’t – you never know where you might find something you love doing.

Dominic Rowlands, Occupation: Trainee Quantity Surveyor

I wanted to try something different and fun. I thought it would be an opportunity to help my local community, whilst developing my own skillset.

Thomas Skinner, Occupation: HGV Driver

To make a valued difference within my local community. I also wanted to do something completely different which pushed and challenged me in a totally different working environment.  My overall goal is to become a whole-time Firefighter.

Christina Becker, Occupation: Flavour Maker

I wanted to do something which really challenged me, and with my dad being an On-Call Firefighter, it felt like a natural career step for me. I like to be able to help and support my local community, and by joining the fire service – it will help me to do this.

Matt Rankin, Occupation: Firefighter at Bristol Airport

I’ve always wanted to explore a career within local authority where I could learn new skills and hopefully transfer some of mine across. It’s also an exciting opportunity to help my local community, and to be part of something I can be really proud of.


Get Involved

If you would like to provide a lifesaving service to your community and earn a second income, then becoming an On-Call firefighter could be just the role you're looking for. You can work flexible around work and family commitmentsm whilst being an important part of Avon Fire & rescue Service by responding to emergency calls when needed. Find our more here.